Countdown to Anthrocon 2008!

Anthrocon 2008 is almost here! For those of you who will be attending, here are a few last-minute helpful links:

If you have any questions or concerns during the convention, The Operations Office, located on the Third Floor of the Westin will be happy to assist you. We will be unable to answer emails after Tuesday, June 24th!

After the convention, be sure to visit our Post-2008 forums and take our survey so we can make Anthrocon even better!

We'll see you there.

-- The Anthrocon Staff

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Attention Philly-area volunteers (Tuesday, Wednesday & Monday)

If you are in the Philadelphia area and would like to help load art show panels between 6 and 8 PM on Tuesday (June 24), load the truck from 7-7:30 AM on Wednesday (June 25), or onload everything 8-11 PM on Monday (June 30), and still need directions to those locations, please contact volunteer-2008(at)anthrocon.org and let us know! Remember, we will feed you.

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AC '08 Dance Schedule

The con is almost here! Here is the schedule of DJs for each night. Remember that the dances take place in the Spirit of Pittsburgh ballroom, and run until 2am, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights!

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Bike Race Detour Information for Sunday

On Sunday, June 29, Pittsburgh will be hosting the 2008 Tour of Pennsylvania Bike Race. This will lead to major street closures between 3:30 PM and 8:30 PM that day.

The race course will take place several blocks away from the Convention Center and will affect the Omni and Doubletree Hotels during those hours. The Omni has thoughtfully provided a note that explains how to get around the street closures. We are making that note available here in Word format and in PDF format.

Only those traveling on Sunday will be affected, and only between the hours of 3:30 PM and 8:30 PM.

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Fursuit Games - Please read if you wish to participate

I've been in communication with the lead for the Fursuit Games on Sunday, and I want to provide a bit of information on how things will work this year.

First thing, we do recognize that lots of fursuiters will want to participate in the games. However, we had over 350 fursuiters in the parade last year, and anticipate more than that for this year. That is far more people than we can reasonably accomodate in the games. So (unfortunately) the number of participants in the fursuit games will be restricted. Initially, the plan (as it's listed in the programming guide) indicated that up to 64 individuals can participate. However, the games lead has come up with a method for allowing more participants in the games. We will not be able to accommodate more than approxiamtely 96 people.

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What you need to know about bidding in the Art Show

The Art Show Bidding Rules and signup form are now available for downloading on the Art Show page! Save yourself some time by printing and filling out the signup form (the last page of the file) and bringing it with you to the Art Show. More importantly, save yourself some grief by reading over the rules and learning how things work ahead of time!

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Anthrocon Dealers - If You Have Power...

Hi kids!

This is just a quick heads up for those dealers who'll be using the provided power in our big and spacious Hall C. Some of you may not be familiar with how the system works, or you're new to the con, or maybe you've just forgotten already, so here's a quick filler.

The hall does not have what you would consider "outlets", but instead has a serious of floor panels with connectors to the building's power in them. A high-capacity heavy duty cord, generally referred to as a "drop", is run from one of those connectors and out from that point. This cord has a number of outlets on the end (normally six or eight), and any powered dealer in the vicinity shares that set with any other nearby dealer.

To put it succinctly, you may only get one, singular outlet, and it may well not be in the most convenient of places compared to your dealership. There is only so much we can do about it, so what do we suggest?

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Important Artists Alley Announcements!

Hi there! This is your Artists Alley/Con Store Manager here with a couple of announcements for all of the artists who I hope will be joining us in Artists Alley this year.

First off, we have some great news! Last year we had a huge influx of folks wanting seats in the Alley and, as many of you know, some folks were unlucky enough not to get a seat on Friday or Saturday. At Closing Ceremonies we committed to expanding the size of the Alley and we have done exactly that! Anthrocon 2008's Artists Alley will be almost 50% larger than last year. As with prior years, we will continue to have a lottery and random selection of artists, but if we have more seats than artists, everyone will get a seat! We have tried to streamline our processes to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for all of our artists (including buying spanking new cash registers!), but we ask your patience as we strive to accommodate this huge expansion.

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Anthrocon 2008 Programming Schedule is posted

Well, what are you waiting for? Go look!

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A note for those leaving on Sunday

If you are leaving Anthrocon on Sunday afternoon or early evening, not only will you miss Closing Ceremonies, but there will be a bike race going on just a few blocks away. It will result in some significant street closures from about 4 PM to about 7:30 PM, so if you intend to be driving -- and especially if you need to get to the airport -- leave yourself a lot of extra time. More information can be found here.

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